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Inside Equinix's Plan To Build Data Centers Exclusively For The World's Largest Clouds

The surging demand for cloud services has made Equinix's substantial existing capacity a bit restrictive for some of its largest and most-prominent customers.

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Connectivity With xScale

All xScale sites will be within half-a-kilometer of existing Equinix IBX data centers. That's important, Schwartz said, because it ensures xScale customers can connect to all major network carriers.

Network neutrality has always been part of the Equinix value proposition, and hyper-scalers moving into xScale facilities offered by the joint venture will have the same interconnectivity options as IBX customers.

"They would far prefer for their carriers to come to them," Schwartz said. "We are a strong neutral option for them. Certainly the biggest and the best."

Scale, foreign know-how, flexibility and connectivity make xScale a unique offering in the market, Schwartz said.

"All those elements, together, in different proportions for different hyper-scalers, are attractive," he said.


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